The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Cemeteries’ first cemetery-based funeral home will be open for business July 9. The facility is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 E. Baseline Road, Mesa. It will provide mortuary and cemetery services to Catholic families.
Catholic Cemeteries to open funeral home
The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Cemeteries’ first cemetery-based funeral home will be open for business July 9. The facility is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 E. Baseline Road, Mesa. It will provide mortuary and cemetery services to Catholic families. The funeral home will strictly adhere to the traditions and teachings of the Catholic faith as part of a cemetery ministry designed to work with the parishes of the diocese, said Gary Brown, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries.
This diocese becomes the third in the nation to own and operate a cemetery-based funeral home. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has cemetery-based funeral homes that are privately operated.
“Just as Jesus’ body was carefully and sacredly prepared for its final placement in the tomb, this new funeral home enables our cemetery to provide a comprehensive Christian burial service for our Catholic community,” Brown said. “Queen of Heaven Cemetery was selected to house the funeral home based on its location in the East Valley and the land available for the facility.”
Another motivation is to try to stem the trend in society to “move farther and farther away from the burial traditions of the church,” he said.
For more information, call (602) 267-1329 or go to the cemeteries link at diocesephoenix.org.
Chorale to give Bon Voyage Concert
Dayspring Chorale of Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, will have a Bon Voyage Concert at 7 p.m. July 8. The group will depart July 12 for its fourth European tour. It will perform at Wesley Chapel in London, Ely Cathedral, York Minster Cathedral in York, England, St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.
The Chorale, directed by the Rev. L. Michael Kelly, minister of music, will feature American music drawn from different periods and styles, including folk hymns, contemporary sacred music and spirituals by the late Moses Hogan. For more information, call (480) 838-1446.
Project to buy books for Nigerian children
Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee Foothills, in collaboration with other East Valley churches, has launched a project, School Books for Sapele, Nigeria. It is part of a multidenominational program to benefit the children in the African village. “At the Ethiope School in Sapele, there is no money to buy textbooks,” said Barb Harris of Mission Africa. “It is up to individual families to bear this cost — and many simply cannot afford the $25 needed for a set of books. So their children cannot attend schools — and the cycle of poverty continues.”
About a thousand children are enrolled at the school. Among other area churches involved are Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chandler, Desert Cross Lutheran in Tempe and several in Maricopa. Checks marked “School Books for Sapele” may be sent until the end of July to Mountain View Lutheran Church/Mission Africa, 11002 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044. For more information, call (480) 893-2579 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site.
Temple raises funds with honey sale
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom in Chandler has embarked on a Honey From the Holy Land fundraising project related to this year’s Jewish New Year, which begins at nightfall Sept. 12. Jars of Gideon Spring Honey sell for $9. With 4.6 ounces per jar, the honey is especially for dipping apples and breads to symbolize the traditional Jewish desire for a sweet new year. The honey comes from a kibbutz and apiary in the Jezreel Valley near Harod Spring, the biblical site of Gideon’s spring. It has no preservatives or additives. Proceeds go to support Israel. Orders by Aug. 1 may be made to Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom, Honey Project 2007, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224. Orders may be made by e-mail to email@example.com. For more information, call (480) 897-3636.
Church offers concerts, screening
Unity of Phoenix plans two concerts and a movie presentation during July at its campus, 1500 E. Greenway Road. The musical duo of Jason and deMarco will give a concert at 6 p.m. July 8. “Till the End of Time” is their latest album, with 12 songs, seven of which were written by them. The pair has been active in human rights campaigns.
Daniel Nahmod, a singer, songwriter and humanitarian who has performed in front of a half-million people in 40 states plus Canada since 1999, will give a concert at 6 p.m. July 22. Tickets for either concert are $15 and can be bought online at unityphx.org, or call the bookstore, (602) 978-3337.
The film “Living Luminaries: The Serious Business of Happiness” will be shown at 7 p.m. July 13. It features a young man looking toward the path of enlightenment for happiness by meeting “purveyors of wisdom known worldwide for changing millions of people’s lives.” Those speaking share their insights for understanding pain, fear, love, relationships, success, failure, sex, reality and God. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at the church’s Web site.
Church plans Fourth fireworks
The 10th annual Fire in the Sky fireworks show on the Fourth of July is planned at Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa. Annually, 25,000 to 30,000 people watch the free 30-minute display. Besides fireworks, performances of Kids Blitz Live will be 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. A concert will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the park next to the church and will feature Central’s band, along with comedian Tim Hawkins, who has performed at the Improv. The fireworks will follow the concert. Meals are $5. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information, call (480) 924-4946 or centralchristianev.com.